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    $135.00

    The Silver Tassie [association copy] by O'Casey, Sean

    London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd., 1928 London: MacMillan & Co., Ltd., 1928. First Edition. Frontis portrait by Evan Walters. 12mo, 140 pp. Quarter linen with green/gray paper covered boards, paper title labels at spine and cover. Very handsome copy; see scan. Minor peripheral wear and spine lean, Albert Sperisen's bookplate, previous owner's signature. Near Fine. Sharp , handsome copy of O'Casey's "Born-on-the-Fourth of July" prior life. O'Casey, born in the Protestant slums of Dublin, wrote grimly and with violence, and not always to please. The Silver Tassie is an acid account of events in the life of a star athlete who is seriously wounded on the Western Front in World War II, then endures the same tragicomic stages and crises that Tom Cruise did in "Born". Arranged for the English National Opera in 2002 as well. Please feel free to ask questions or request additional scans. Nice association status conferred by the bookplate of Albert Sperisen on the front pastedown; Sperisen was a noted collector, editor and writer on books, and the man for whom the Library of the Book Club of California is named. L28


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    $65.00

    BENJAMIN H. SWIG. The Measure of a Man by BLUM, Walter

    San Francisco: The Benjamin H.Swig Family, 1968. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Custom Clear Mylar. 79 pages. INSCRIBED/SIGNED by Benjamin H. Swig in ink on a front free endpaper, "To Justin Herman: With best wishes & great admiration for your fine work for the city. Benjamin H. Swig Dec. 27, 1968." (Justin Herman was the head of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, after whom Justin Herman Plaza is named.) Large octavo. Red cloth with apple tree decoration on front cover. . Designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy. Illustrated from photographs, including Mr. Swig in the company of Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Johnson. Introduction by Rabbi Alvin I. Fine. The biography of the financier and philanthropist, who at one time owned the Fairmont and St. Francis Hotels among many other San Francisco properties. He was an early proponent of a downtown baseball park for San Francisco, and a generous contributor to many charities. This book was published by his family to honor Mr. Swig's 75th birthday. A nice association copy. A FINE copy, now in a custom clear mylar protective jacket. Always FREE SHIPPING via media mail to any United States address.


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    $350.00

    PARNASSUS ON WHEELS (Inscribed Association Copy) by Morley, Christopher (SIGNED)

    New York: Doubleday, Page & CO, 1919. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo. SIGNED, INSCRIBED TO RAYMOND E. RUBICAM AND DATED BY CHRISTOPHER MORLEY ON FFEP. Raymond E. Rubicam was an American advertising pioneer who co-established the Young & Rubicam Advertising Co., 190pp., bound in 1/4 green cloth over gray paper covered boards lettered in dark green, spine gilt; light wear to extremities. A very good copy.


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    CAD $225.00

    The Five Nations. by Kipling (Rudyard)

    NY: Doubleday, Page, 1903. First American edition. Green pictorial cloth, designed in black, lettered in gilt. Title page printed in black & red. Light shelf wear to tips, a bright and attractive copy, about fine. Inscribed from H. Morse Stephens to Dunning Rideout: "For Dunning Rideout / In memory of many happy days, / some spent with Kipling, at / Marysville, / From / H. Morse Stephens / 16 November 1903". Stephens was the founder of The Kipling Club, and was a historian and professor at the University of California. Dunning Rideout was a financier and capitalist, mayor of Marysville, California in the 1870s, later a prominent figure in the Republican Party. A nice association copy, and in unusually nice condition.


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    $3,500.00

    YOU GET SO ALONE AT TIMES THAT IT JUST MAKES SENSE - PHOTOGRAPHER'S COPY, WITH TYPESCRIPT POEM by Bukowski, Charles

    Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1986. First Edition. Deluxe Issue, one of seven copies specially designated by the publisher on the colophon, this being marked "Photographer's Copy," signed by the author above a small self-portrait. Octavo (23.5cm); photo-illustrated paper-covered boards and multi-colored patterned cloth backstrip, with title label applied to spine; publisher's original acetate dustjacket; 313,[8]pp, with an signed silkscreen print tipped in. Fine in a Fine dustjacket. Offered together with the original typescript draft of the title poem, "you get so alone at times that it just makes sense," with the author's holograph corrections and revisions. Signed and dated (1-9-86) roughly seven months prior to publication. Faint horizontal bend at center, else Fine. Attractive copy of one of Bukowski's most substantial collections from the 1980's. While we have handled many of the author's typescript poems, we've handled precious few that were chosen to title major collections. Provenance: From the collection of photographer Michael Montfort. Krumhansl 100e.


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    $12,000.00

    Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America. as, Oregon, British and Russian America. by CASSIN, John (1813-1869)

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1856. CASSIN, John (1813-1869). Illustrations of the Birds of California, Texas, Oregon, British and Russian America. Intended to Contain Descriptions and Figures of all North American Birds Not Given by Former American Authors, and a General Synopsis of North American Ornithology. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1856 8vo., (10 2/8 x 6 7/8 inches). Hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 49 plates by William E. Hitchcock, some after George G. White, all printed and hand-colored by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia. Contemporary half brown morocco, marbled paper boards (rebacked preserving the original spine). Provenance: with the ownership inscription of Col. George A. McCall (1802-1868) on the title-page, some marginal notes on pages 214 and 262, and an 4-page autograph manuscript description of the Ground cuckoo laid-in. First edition, and a fine association copy of this rare and important work, a supplement to Audubon, and one of the cornerstones of American ornithological literature. Cassin's work, first published in parts between July 1853 and June 1855 (with a title-page issued in 1856), was intended to complement the octavo edition of Audubon's work. The annexation of Texas and the addition of California and New Mexico to the United States had led to increased exploration and research in the South West. "At first the Audubons were receptive... however, Cassin wanted shared credit on the title page and a free hand in correcting the errors of nomenclature of the elder Audubon, a touchy point with the sons. In the end, Cassin went on his own, although clearly following the Audubon format and also using J.T. Bowen as a lithographer" (Reese). Anker 92; Ayer p. 124; Fine Bird Books p. 64; Nissen IVB 173; Reese American color Plate Books 42; Ripley p. 54; Wood p. 281; Zimmer p.124-25. [Laid-in] George McCall. Autograph manuscript, :Geococcyx viaticus." 3 1/2 pages, 4to. McCall provides detailed observations of the Ground Cuckoo, used by Cassin in his text: "Our esteemed friend, Col. George A. McCall, with his usual clearness and scientific accuracy, gave the first satisfactory account of this bird, in the Proceedings of the Philadelphia Academy" (p. 214). Cassin's text on p. 215 quotes directly from McCall's manuscript: "At first, I thought--as is the general impression among the Mexicans,--that his powers of flight were extremely limited; but he will, when suddenly alarmed in open ground, rise with a light, quick [rapid in mss] motion, and continue his flight..." McCall has made two corrections in the margins of pages 214 and 262 in his copy and on the latter page, which quotes his description of the Curved-Billed Thrush, he has excised a sentence and noted: "Impertinently interlarded by the Editor John Cassin." McCall distinguished himself under Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War. McCall had long been a collector of bird specimens in Florida, Mexico, the American West and Texas. The Texas Screech Owl, Otus asio mccalli, is named in his honor. Cassin, in his preface to the book, lists McCall first among the "kind friends whose contributions have added so much to the interest of this volume" (p.v.). Catalogued by Kate Hunter.


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    $50.00

    Pyramid Keys (Inscribed to Jackson MacLow) by Young, Karl

    Kenosha: Anchorite Editions, 1988. First edition. Loose Sheets. Fine. Tall, single sheet of paper, folded once to form a small booklet. An exercise in visual poetry by Young. A fine copy. INSCRIBED by Young to Jackson Mac Low and Anne Tardos and dated in 1988. Mac Low was both a mentor and book collaborator with Young. Nice association copy.


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    £14.80

    J K Huysmans : Un Essai De Roger Marx Ecrit Un An Apres Le Decernement Du Prix Legion D' Honneur A Huysmans, Ici Fidelement Transcit D'Apres La Version Francaise Originale Du Manuscrit De L'Auteur Dans La Collection Basilike by Roger Marx

    Paul James Davies, Paris, 1974. First Edition. Paperback. Good Condition. 4 pages. IN FRENCH TEXT. Un Essai De Roger Marx Ecrit Un An Apres Le Decernement Du Prix Legion D' Honneur A Huysmans, Ici Fidelement Transcit D'Apres La Version Francaise Originale Du Manuscrit De L'Auteur Dans La Collection Basilike. Huysmans, J.-K. (Joris-Karl), 1848-1907. In an edition of 215 copies. JOHN LEHMANN'S ASSOCIATION COPY WITH A NOTE WHICH APPEARS TO BE SIGNED 'P(aul) J(ames) Davies', 'for John Lehmann who is himself des plus fiers esprits with gratitude PJDavies.' Published by Paul James Davies and printed on l'Ingres d'Arches paper. Text of a speech given on Huysman?s receipt on the Legion d?Honneur in 1893. Book in Good Plus paper covers - some light marking to the paper covers and a minor small closed to the long edge of the front cover. Content, clean, bright and tightly bound. A Scarce Title. Size: 9.75 inches tall by 6.5 inches. 4 pages. Text is in French. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Booklets & Pamphlets; French Language; Inventory No: 196839..


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    $1,250.00

    A CONFEDERATE GENERAL FROM BIG SUR - INSCRIBED TO THOMAS MCGUANE by Brautigan, Richard

    London: Picador / Pan Books Ltd., 1973. First UK Paperback Edition. Octavo (19.75cm); illustrated wrappers; xii, 116pp. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "This copy is for Tom McGuane / Richard Brautigan / July 16, 1973." Text edges slightly tanned, mild wear and creasing to wrapper extremities, with vertical reading crease to left edge of front wrapper; Very Good. Housed in a custom quarter leather and marbled paper clamshell case. A well-read copy of Brautigan's first novel, bearing a typically subdued inscription to one of his closest friends. Tom McGuane was an on-again, off-again roommate of Brautigan's during the early years he lived in Bolinas, California. Over a nearly 20 year period, the two men would travel together and live near each other between California, Montana, and Key West. They ran in many of the same creative and artistic circles, both men admiring each other's work. McGuane would write a lengthy and generous review of an omnibus edition of Brautigan's work (Delacorte, 1970) in the February 15, 1970 issue of The New York Times Book Review. In William Hjortsberg's exhaustive 2012 biography of Brautigan, he goes on at length to describe how deeply Brautigan admired McGuane - idolized him, even - as an author, as a man, and as a husband. Books inscribed by Brautigan to close, personal friends, are uncommon. Not in Barber.


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    $17.50

    My Heart's Memory by Swearingen, Ann Alexander

    San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Company, 1967. B4 - A first edition hard cover book signed by author in very good condition in a very good condition dust jacket. Dust jacket is mylar protected, it is tanned and has price-clipped, top page edges and fore edges lightly foxed. Association copy and numbered #17. The inscription reads December 1967 To Alma and Rigsby friends who are carefully and lovingly kept in "My Heart's Memory". May God bless you and keep you in his love and care always. Much love, Ann Alexander Swearingen". This book is from the estate of the late Bill Bridges, Life Magazine Photographer & Journalist. 8"x5.5". 68 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed.. Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    $25.00

    Never a Dull Moment by Gerling, Curt

    Plaza Publishers, 1974. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. Signed by author. First edition. Association copy - signed & inscribed by Gerling to friends of his, with a postcard and a short typed letter to the same laid in, both referring to a shared interest in music. Very good in good jacket. A few jacket tears repaired with tape on reverse, jacket lightly toned, still nice under fresh mylar. 1974 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. xiii, 322 pp. A collection of short writings by the author of Smugtown, U.S.A. and Good Enough for Grandpa.


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    $8,750.00

    Alphabet for Adults (First Edition, inscribed to Bebe and Louis Barron) by Ray, Man

    Beverly Hills, CA: Copley Galleries, 1948. First Edition. First Edition. One of 500 copies issued. INSCRIBED by the author and artist on the front endpaper: "For Charlotte [Bebe] and Louis Barron. Cordially, Man Ray, Hollywood, 1949." An exceptional avant-garde association. Around this time the Barrons were beginning to experiment with committing electronic sounds as music to magnetic tape, and were ultimately not only pioneers in that field, but its inventors. One year after the date of this inscription, they would compose their first piece, "Heavenly Menagerie," and they would go on to produce the first electronic film score, for the seminal 1956 science fiction film, "Forbidden Planet" (credited as "tonalities" rather than "music" at the time, due to union rules). The Barrons' earliest compositions were slow and laborious, as their early work preceded the digital age, and involved building circuits and tape splicing to create even the smallest sequences of sound. In the decades that followed, electronic composition has become a worldwide phenomenon in every musical category. A tremendous association between pioneers in two major fields of twentieth century artistic endeavor.


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    $175.00

    PROVISIONS OF THE CODES AND GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF CALIFORNIA by (California - Anon) BACKUS, Gen. Samuel, Commanding

    Sacramento: California State Printing Office, 1880. First Edition. (xv) 280 pages. First Edition. INSCRIBED by General Samuel Backus in ink to Professor John LeConte in ink on a front free endpaper, "Professor John LeConte / President - University of Cal. / Compliments / Samuel W. Backus / Adjutant -General Cal." Original morocco binding with gilt front cover titling with California state seal. 4" x 5 1/2". General Samuel Backus served in the California Battalion (Part of the 2nd Massachusetts Voluntary Cavalry Regiment) during the Civil War. Following the war, he served as Adjutant General of the State of California. John LeConte was Professor of Physics and President of the University of California at Berkeley from 1875 - 1881. His Brother Joseph LeConte was a Professor of Geology at Cal and a Yosemite expert.This is a very scarce association copy of a book almost never seen. Bookplate on frot pastedown; a Near Fine copy. (Note: Possibly some restoration to cover, but if it has been done, it has been done expertly ). Now in a custom clear mylar protective jacket. Always FREE SHIPPING via media mail to any United States address


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    $150.00

    I Will Eat A Piece Of The Roof And You Can Eat The Window (Inscribed Association Copy) by Dufresne, John

    No Place: Midnight Paper Sales, 1999. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. 12mo. Small chapbook containg three short stories by Dufresne. A fine copy. Cloth spine over decorated boards with paper label. Contained within a hard red and navy unprinted slipcase. This is number 100 of 220 copies hand-numbered and SIGNED by Dufresne as well as Gaylord Schanilec, the printer. In addition to being signed, this is quite a nice Association Copy. Dufresne has INSCRIBED this copy on the second front endpaper to a close friend and publisher of several of the author's chapbooks.


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    $125.00

    The Book of During (Inscribed Association Copy) by Coolidge, Clark

    Great Barrington: The Figures, 1991. First edition. Paperback. Fine. Wide trade paperbound book. A trade paperbound original volume consisting of 238 pp of poems and short prose pieces. A fine example. This copy has been INSCRIBED by Coolidge to fellow poet Leslie Scalapino and dated in 1992.


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    $300.00

    Up Your Banners by Mystery - Westlake, Donald

    New York: Macmillan, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition of this uncommon title. Very good in cloth with some wear to top rear corner in very good price intact dustwrapper with typical fade to spine and chips and wear at spot on rear corner previously noted. This copy INSCRIBED by Westlake to fellow mystery writer Joe Gores "Joe I have no outfit to give you. Take my banner instead". A rare association copy between two mystery contemporaries. Signed by Author


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    $85.00

    GemeinverstŠndliche Belehrung Ÿber Cholera und Cholera-Ma§nahmen. by K. K. Ministerium des Innern, Ed

    Wien: Alfred Hšlder, 1892. Original manilla printed wraps, uncut. 16mo. pp. 55, [1] Inhalt. Very Good+. Copy of Dr. Leo Burgerstein 1853-1928 (cover stamp), tiny cover chip with minor edge wear to uncut pages. Publisher ad for 3 cholera publications (inside front cover). The 1892 outbreak of Cholera in Hamburg (listed in 5th Cholera Pandemic) marked the last serious European outbreak due to improvements in water and sewage treatments. Cholera continues to claim about 100-130,000 lives per year. With 37 additional participants, Burgerstein (University of Vienna) was guest lecturer in school hygiene with both Freud and Jung at Clark University's historic conference "Psychology, Pedagogy and School Hygiene", September 6-11, 1909. Scarce association copy..


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    $450.00

    Great Balls of Fire (Inscribed Association Copy) by Padgett, Ron

    New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition of this volume of poems with cover illustration by Joe Brainard. A very good hardcover copy in very good unclipped dustwrapper. INSCRIBED to fellow New York School poet Harris Schiff. A nice Association. Cover art by Joe Brainard. Signed by Author


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    $3,750.00

    COLD DOGS IN THE COURTYARD - INSCRIBED TO SEAMUS COONEY by Bukowski, Charles

    Chicago: Literary Times - Cyofeth Publications, 1965. First Edition. One of 500 copies. Slim octavo (21cm); letterpress printed sheets stapled into illustrated wrappers (offset printed); 23,[1]pp. A Fine copy. Lovely copy of this collection, featuring poems which previously appeared in the pages of little magazines like Outsider, Epos, The Naked Ear, Targets, San Francisco Review, Impetus, Sciamachy, and Quicksilver, et al. Gathered together here for the first time, with a foreword by Bukowski. An early work that is seldom encountered with any sort of meaningful inscription. Krumhansl 16; Dorbin A7; Fogel 16.


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    $75.00

    Tactics of Survival & Other Poems by Hitchcock, George

    San Francisco: Bindweed Press, 1964. First edition. Paperback. Very Good. Parisi, Ann. First edition. Illustrated by Ann Parisi. A very good copy in delicate rice paper wrappers. Front inside flap detached. This copy INSCRIBED to fellow poet Charles Simic. A Nice ASSOCIATION COPY.


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    $1,250.00

    ORDER AND CHAOS CHEZ HANS REICHEL - INSCRIBED TO JUNE MILLER by Miller, Henry (text); Durrell, Lawrence (introduction)

    New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1966. First Edition. Cork Issue, one of 1,399 copies. Square quarto (25.25cm); white card-stock boards, with white gauze title sheet lettered in blue glued to front cover; large silver-gelatin photograph of Miller mounted to front pastedown, covered by a thin white gauze sheet, and followed by a stiff sheet of dark brown stained cork; black, gray, and mauve dustjacket illustrated by Reichel's painting "homme dans la lune"; publisher's floral-patterned paper-covered slipcase; [iv],87,[15]pp; illus. Inscribed on the terminal leaf: "This copy for June / who knew all the celebrities long before I did! Cheers! Henry / 2/15/67." Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, showing a few tiny nicks and short tears; slipcase with some wear to points, lower joint, and around opening; Very Good+. The first of Miller's two exquisitely produced volumes by Jon and Gypsy Lou Webb's Loujon Press. The text of Order and Chaos was originally written in Paris in 1937-38, a book "penned without carbon & gifted as a long intimate book letter to the painter Hans Reichel who died in 1958 (from rear jacket panel). A warm and charming inscription, penned to his second wife, June Miller. Shifreen & Jackson A157c.


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    $500.00

    Late Settings by Merrill, James

    New York: Atheneum, 1985. First edition. Cloth. Fine/fine. 8vo. 87 pp. Stated first edition. A spectacular fine copy in red cloth binding in fine unfaded and unclipped dustwrapper. The poet's first major collection following his masterwork in 1982 of The Changing Light At Sandover. This copy nicely INSCRIBED by Merril "With love to John early & late - Jimmy v.85" The John in the inscription (although unstated here) is John Bernard Myers, publisher of the Tiber Press and founder of the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Myers published an early poem by Merrill in the 1950's in an issue of Semi: Colon. A nice Association Copy.


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    $175.00

    THE SONG OF HIAWATHA by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (From the Library of Owen Wister)

    Boston: Ticknor and Felds, 1859. Hard Cover. Very Good++/No Dust Jacket. 12mo. From the library of Owen Wister with his bookplate (Butler, Place) front paste-down. Owen Wister (July 14, 1860 - July 21, 1938) was author of "The Virginian," considered to be the first cowby novel. Wister was fascinated with the culture and lore of the west. Forty-Fifth Thousand. A very good++ copy bound in original brown embosed cloth. Mild wear to spine tip and cover corners. A lovely clean copy with a nice association. iv, 316 pp.


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    $350.00

    Recurring Awakening Poems & Prose (Inscribed Association Copy) by Wright, Franz

    Montreal: Vallum Society for Arts & Letters, 2011. First edition. Paperback. Near Fine. Stapled wrappers. A 32 pp poetry chapbook published as Vallum Chapbook Series Volume No. 11. This is number 31 of 300 hand-numbered copies. A near fine example in simple printed stapled wrappers. This copy very nicely INSCRIBED by Wright to a valued friend and fellow poet of high stature. From one Pulitzer Prize Winner to another. Provenance upon purchase.


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    $500.00

    INTERPERSONAL DIAGNOSIS OF PERSONALITY a Functional Theory and Methodology for Personality Evaluation by Leary, Timothy

    New York: The Ronald Press Co, 1957. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Octavo. 518pp. Bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt. Very possibly, an association copy, with an interesting previous owner's long inscription,."Tim I still don't know what to write in this thing except to say that I have made a special effort to carry it around all these years....Perhaps it reminds me of the 60's, UTMB & our rebelious interns who trusted no one 'over 30'...." Small ink stamp on top edge and free endpaper. A very nice copy in printed dust jacket with evidence of tape removal.


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